Author Archives: Jennifer Dockery
My birthday was actually on Valentine’s day and I spent it cooped up in my house with my son – who less than gracefully tore ligaments in his ankle this past Thursday night skateboarding. After an evening at the ER, I had to call into work and spend all day Friday waiting on him, hand and injured foot, as he couldn’t get out of bed. By Saturday morning I was ready to get out and spend the day at the casino to see if birthday luck would shower down upon me.
To start the day my mom brought me a bamboo plant which is supposed to bring fortune and prosperity. I tore a leaf off and stuck in in my bra…yeah, I did that. After grabbing some Starbucks, my husband, my dad and I made our way the 1.5 hr drive to Choctaw in Durant OK – getting there around 1130am. We had only budgeted $300 for the day between my husband and I. I’m not sure what my dad started with. My husband made a b-line for the Michael Jackson machine and the first machine I played was the new Buffalo Stampede. I was betting 75 cents a spin and after a few spins I got the Stampede bonus. It retriggered a few times, you can see the whole bonus round below. I love to see them run across the screen an hear people yelling “BUFFALO!” I took my small bonus win and walked away. In the meantime my Dad sat at the one next to me, not sure exactly able to figure it out completely and after several dead spins he decided it wasn’t for him. I’m not a regular fan of the Buffalo slots but I liked it and will be sure to seek it out in Vegas in a few months. I might even play some of the older ones that everyone seems to enjoy so much.
After that I went to check on my husband. He had already lost $60 in the Michael Jackson slot and was plugging away at the new Ferris B. machine. He’s a fan of the movie but that machine was brutal too. I think he got a few bonuses that paid ZILCH and eventually lost another $40 or so in that. No Ferris B for me thank you! I went to seek out the G+ Deluxe machines. I sat down at Laredo – which I can hardly find in Vegas anymore – and $20 lasted me quite a while. I never got up past about $25 and never hit the bonus but cashed out at $10 and tried Kronos. How I hate this machine. Nothing. I was tempted to put more money into it but decided not to. I found a Hercules machine which gave me a decent line hit and then played Spartacus. I hate to love these machines. They can be so good or so bad. I never got the bonus but got this nice line hit:
I continued to play it a bit but wasn’t getting much out of it – oh how I wanted a bonus!! But I never got one. I finally tracked down my dad, who was watching his $$ disappear into the Lord Of The Rings, Return of the King slot. While I waited for him, I sat down at one of those new Wonder 4 Superstar machines, which I had never played before. I got a couple of bonuses that didn’t pay too much and nothing much more than that on regular play either.
We finally found my husband and he was playing Iron Man. Nothing was giving him much luck. By this point, my phone camera has ran my battery down to almost nothing and I had to save a little for when I found the Walking Dead machine. I played a bit of Bier Haus, got a small bonus (very small compared to the potential of this slot) as the guy next to me was on Napoleon & Josephine…he must’ve hit at least 5 huge bonuses in the short time I was sitting there. The machine just kept saying “Unbelievable!” “Incredible”! I wanted to slap him and his machine. My small Bier Haus bonus:
We finished up in that part of the casino and made our way to the newer, larger side. My husband was leaving with only $20 of his bankroll left and I was leaving with almost all of mine. So far the little leaf in my bra was helping out. We were going to go have lunch but I spotted the Walking Dead slot on our way there, which I just HAD to play. I was surprised to see that nobody was on them. (I find out why) I sat down to play, put in $20 and started to spin. I got a bonus pretty quickly and I was really excited. All in all, this machine sucks. A lot of hooplah for very little payout. The line hits hardly pay anything and the bonus was crap too. I’ll probably give it one more go when we are in Vegas next but it reminds me a lot of the Willy Wonka slot. The casino manufacturers are making a killing on this tight ass machine.
In the meantime I proceeded to lose at a few more machines…I tried several G+ Deluxe games which didn’t pay me much. I finally got a bonus on my favorite Mystical Unicorns and got a whole $2 out of it. Woo hoo. I’m wasn’t sure what my husband was doing in the meantime but I found out later he was hitting up the only sure fire machine in the casino – the ATM.
The buffet was …eh, a buffet in an OK casino. Use your imaginations. My husband took off then my dad and I tried out a few older machines…an old Monopoly slot and a Press your Luck slot. No luck for us. My luck had taken a turn for the worse and I needed to find my husband to get more moolah. Dad sat down at the new “Let’s Make a Deal” game and did really well. He put in $5 and hit a bonus right away that paid pretty good. Then he hit another, then another. I went to get more money and when I came back, put a $20 in the machine next to him. I didn’t hit one GD thing and was broke in less than 5 minutes. I went off to look for something different to play and found a Miss Red slot. I’d never played it before but I did ok and won a little on almost every spin. Nature was calling and I had to make a bathroom run. Just as I thought, when I came out my Miss Red machine was taken. Dammit!
I went over to check on Dad and he had like $60 from his initial $5. I convinced him to cash out and we went to find my husband. On the way I stopped at Ghostbusters, hit a bonus for about $26. Cashed out, then found my husband sitting at our evil nemesis Davinci Diamonds. I looked at his credits and he had over $100! I know he probably only started with $20 so he was on fire! Of course I had to try so I sat down 2 machines down and played one too. I played for a long time and doubled my money. Again, my dad sits at the Rembrants Riches next to me, puts in $5 and hits for $40 on one spin. I can’t believe it!
I’m keeping a close eye on my husband because I know he will run all those winnings back on through that machine in no time if I don’t convince him to cash out before it’s all gone. He did put back about half of it. We decided to start making our way back to the other side, where we had parked. Passing the Dolly Parton machines, he just had to stop and she proceeded to kick his ass. I sat down at one and hit a bonus right away for about $25. The lady next to me got very upset and said she had just been playing that machine. She cashed out of the one she was on and kept giving me dirty looks. I told her I never have gotten a bonus on the Dolly machine before, which is true, but she seriously looked like she wanted to punch me in the face.
Time to go and what do I see but the Dirty Dancing slot that my husband just loves. I told him to sit down and try it. He has no luck but I sat down at the Elvis machine next to him and with 2 quick bonuses turned $10 into $115. I love the Elvis one, it has always been nice to me. Finally we decide to leave while we still had the same amount of $ we had taken out of the ATM.
We didn’t come out ahead but had enough small wins to at least not go over what we had originally budgeted for the day. The extra $ went back into the savings for Vegas in May. When we got home, I realized I had that leaf with me the whole time – my husband said that’s probably why I did ok whereas he lost his butt! I realized out of my initial $160, I only truly lost $45. He lost all of his portion! Next time I’ll give him a leaf too. Since he doesn’t wear a bra he will need to be a little creative about where he puts it!
Last night both kids ended up staying at friends’ houses so at 1030pm the hubs and I looked at each other and said, “let’s go to the casino!” We drove an hour to OK and hit up WinStar. I wasn’t having the best of luck but as usual my husband could make a $20 last hours. On the way out around 245am, I saw my favorite machine and lost my last $20. I told my husband to take a shot at it and this is what happened:
I’ve been trying so hard to finally see a full screen of unicorns in person instead of watching others hit it on YouTube. It took 60 spins to get this so you can either lose your ass at these machines or make out pretty good. It was nice to walk out with a $70 profit and a “free” tank of gas and also got us off the couch for once!
Well our 2014 is off to to horrible start. It’s with a heavy, heavy heart that I tell you our beloved Labrador Retriever – family member for 9 years – passed last night after a 4 day battle with cancer that we didn’t even know existed until Tuesday. Apparently he had been masking it for a while but started to show signs of being sick and uncomfortable over the weekend. We almost lost him Tuesday night but was able to have a procedure done to give us more time to figure out what was going on. He had an aggressive, large tumor wrapped around his aorta in his heart. They were able to finally tell that it had already spread into his lungs and that nothing would help him. His heart couldn’t take it and we were told he wouldn’t last the night so we helped him cross the Rainbow Bridge.
There is not a more awful feeling in the world than to feel completely helpless when you are the one who is supposed to take care of your 4 legged best friend. That dog loved me more than I probably will ever know. All I do know is that last night he was tired and hurting…I could see in his eyes he had given up. I feel like we should’ve known, we should’ve known sooner that he was sick. But our dear boy never complained, never let on that anything was wrong. His tail wagged until the very end.
In my life I will never know, or have never known a more gentle, kind, patient and loving soul. He helped us raise our kids and has always been there, loving all of us unconditionally. I sit here today with overwhelming sadness and grief and a huge hole in my heart. Such feelings I really never knew I could have. It is such a sad, sad day.
I’ve been lurking around WordPress and have seen so many blogs with posts regarding New Years resolutions. I don’t believe in resolutions. We make these up on the first day of every year just to be forgotten quickly afterwards as one settles back into the humdrum or daily life. I mean, we rattle these off while still on holiday vacation from work, drunk off champagne and high from sugar cookies and hot chocolate. Why wouldn’t we think we could rule the world in the upcoming year? The second week of January arrives, we get busy and complacent and most of us are like “Aw, F-it….at least it was a good idea!”
What is the actual meaning of the word “Resolution”? This is what google told me:
a firm decision to do or not to do something.“she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”
the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.“the peaceful resolution of all disputes”
If you notice – the definition actually has a negative connotation. It has to do with deciding to not do something or resolves around the basis of problems. .
So, let’s not call them resolutions. Let’s call them accomplishments….let’s call them goals. What’s the difference? Goals and accomplishments are positive things. They don’t have to be about solving a problem or resolving not to do something. Goals and accomplishments are about doing something new, something worthy….something fulfilling. They don’t have to be world-changing. Hell, they don’t even have to be life changing but if I can reach at least one realistic goal that I set for myself in 2014, no matter how small or insignificant, then it will be a good year.
After all of this thought, I actually only have a couple of goals I would like to reach this year. There’s no need to have a long list and the fewer I have, the more time and effort I can dedicate to reaching each one. I’ll share my list with you and at this time in 2015 you can ask me how I did.
1. Start and maintain a food blog. I’m always telling my mother she has so many recipes that it would take years and years to possibly make everything she is an expert at making. She makes a lot of things from scratch and even the things she uses recipes for – she changes and tweaks into something of her own. Why let these jewels go without sharing? When I was young, we didn’t have internet, blogs, Facebook, twitter etc. She would write the recipes down and hand them to people. Now there’s a new world out there for letting everyone else know what a great cook and baker she is and I intend on doing it. So, after a bit of research and time – this year, I will launch a food only blog and make it official.
2. Move the family into a bigger house. We’ve been renting a really nice home for going on 6 years now and we have the world’s best landlords. They never bug us, never raised the rent, never pop up unannounced, fix anything that breaks and even send us a Christmas gift every year without fail. But with two kids that were only 10 and 8 when we moved in – who are now teenagers – we’ve outgrown it three times over. Since the kids have made several friends who live in the area, the front door mimics the madness of Grand Central at times and it would be really nice to have some extra room where my husband and I can retreat to and actually watch a full length movie or our favorite TV show without being interrupted. Our lease isn’t up until the fall and I say this every year, but we will move this year.
3. Take a “different” summer vacation. This is one is already in motion. We have been visiting some area of Florida for every single year except for 2012 when we went to Hawaii. Even then, it was the same type of vacation…we hung out on the beach for a week. This is what we do. Beach, theme park, beach, theme park, beach, theme park on and on… We wanted to do something different in 2014. Go somewhere we have never been and do something we have never done. So California is on the agenda this year thanks to my social media loving children who asked to attend VidCon, the annual convention for YouTube-ers. We will combine the 3 day convention with a four day driving tour of Los Angeles, Malibu, Hollywood and wherever the road leads us. It should definitely be an adventure and we are really looking forward to it.
That is it for now. Three goals, three very realistic and tangible goals for my 2014. I knew way before Dec 31 what my plans were and this is a big reason why I started blogging here again. It’s always fun to share the ride with others and have a way to document it along the way. Maybe several will go along with me on this journey, maybe nobody will but sharing it makes me accountable. I hope you will visit often and see where it goes. I look forward to good things coming in 2014!
I can’t tell you how long my mom has been making this warm dish of happiness for holidays and family gatherings. I can tell you that this dip is by far my most favorite dip ever. Usually she serves it as an appetizer before dinner and I end up eating so much I’m full before the meal comes out.
I could eat it by the pound, every day, and never get tired of it. Best with thin crackers, pretzels or even wheat thins…every beautiful, creamy, golden mound is a little scoop of heaven.
I dare you to try the recipe and tell me that you don’t absolutely love it.
Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the addiction it might cause or the pounds you might gain by eating it. This is definitely not a diet recipe so proceed with caution!
On the other hand….don’t think about that, just eat it!
2 (8.5 oz.) cans water-packed artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup Mayo
1 cup (heaping) Parmesan cheese, grated (I suggest Kraft Parm w/Romano blend)
1 tsp dill weed
1 tbsp instant minced onions
After draining the artichokes, squeeze out any and all extra liquid with your hands. Break them up into a small bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine mayo and cheese – stir until well blended.
Add dill and mixed onions and stir.
Add artichokes to the mayo/cheese mixture and stir just until combined. Don’t over mix.
Spoon into glass loaf pan (or small casserole dish) and bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Careful not to overcook.
That’s it! Get out the crackers and have a party!
When I saw the daily prompt today I thought, that will be easy! What expresses the meaning of “Enchantment” more than a beautiful night picture of the illuminated Cinderella’s castle from Disney World? And, since we have been there so many times I have a plethora of pictures to choose from on my computer.
However, as I was going through my pictures I came accross this picture. Taken over the summer, it is basic, not enhanced and just not very beautiful. Even so, this is the one that expresses the meaning of “Enchantment” to me. Why?
Because as soon as you walk through the gates of the Magic Kingdom and start making your way down Main Street USA in the early morning hours with hundreds of other families….a midst all the excitement and smiles…you are transported to a magical land. One where the cares and struggles of the “real” world are tossed away and your only reason for being there is FUN. My two kids…now in their early teen years, hormone ridden where every day is an emotional crap shoot…suddenly changed back to their childlike, carefree and happy selves. My daughter skipped her way towards the castle. I caught my son singing “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah” and actually walking close to his sister. I was overcome with emotion and had to snap this picture. It embodies the true meaning of “Enchantment” to me. Thank you Walt.
Who has exciting plans tonight?
I remember the days my parents would watch the kids (they were just babies then), we would go out for the night, get dressed up and drink ourselves silly (well maybe that was just me) and ring in the new year with STYLE.
This is more of what our New Year’s Eve shennanigans look like now:
We’ll be ringing it in with Ryan Seacrest and his menagerie of celebrities. Let’s hope Miley doesn’t make an appearance, I don’t need that visual leading me into the new year.
Whatever you are doing and wherever you are going tonight…be safe, don’t drink and drive.
Have loads of fun and Happy 20144!
Well well well, Happy New Year friends!
Wow it’s been a while! I’ve been thinking about my blog and the community for quite some time but life has been an INSANE ride lately. I have, however still been peeking in at some of you from time to time.
Since settling in with the job, the boy entering high school, getting finances in order – I’ve decided to start over in 2014 and make this a more active blog. I won’t be posting every day but I figure I could at least devote some time to an every-week-at-least post instead of sitting on my ass every evening playing Pet Rescue Saga (level 101 is a bitch!) and reconnect with you all. I know you are thinking…yeah yeah that’s what you said last time! But no, it’s TRUE! Dockfam Adventures is BACK!
We have some exciting blog-worthy adventures planned this coming year – another annual Vegas trip for me and the hubby for our big 15th wedding anniversary, possibly a short trip to NYC, summer family vacation to Disneyland AND VidCon 2014 in Anaheim, CA and a much anticipated One Direction concert experience for my now teenage (boohoo!) daughter in the fall. Who knows what else might land in our laps this year. Hopefully all good things!
Along with these adventures I hope to bring you some yummy recipes I’ve been working on (all my own creations) and some funny stuff.
So, let’s all make 2014 the best ever and I wish you all the happiest of New Years! See you soon!
I’ve been the most horrible blogger ever, taking 2 months between posts! I’m going to try to be better and start today by catching up a bit and talk a little bit about our family vacation to Disney World that we took last month.
Since I last posted, there have been a few changes in the Dockfam household, which included me leaving a job that I absolutely hated and going back to a previous employer in which I am finally comfortable, happy and content. Funny how blessings seem to come about when you least expect it! Also, we have added a new family member! Since our dear Pico passed away (one of our Parakeets) back in Jan, there’s been a void. I was smitten by a little bird in my local pet shop before we went on vacation and I swore that if she were still there when we got home, I would take her home. Well, I did and she’s such a cutie. She’s our new parrotlet, Pika. A parrotlet is a mini-parrot….having the attitude and appetite of a full size parrot but the size of a golf ball. Right now I have her quarantined in our bedroom for a month to rule out any avian illnesses and I can’t wait until I can finally introduce her to our “flock”!
Instead of posting a day by day of our trip to Disney World, I thought I would just put up some pictures. We went for 6 days to the parks and spent our last day in Tampa. We stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort while on Disney property and enjoyed great weather, warm during the days but nice and cool in the evenings with only one day where it rained for a few hours.
So there you have it. An abridged, photo trip report. Below are some of the videos that we took, kind of makes you feel as if you were there!
Wow it’s been a while since I’ve posted here! I just haven’t had a free moment to even compile my thoughts on what to write about. We just completed a trip to Las Vegas and I thought I would wait a few days to write up my trip post, especially since there was so many lives affected in OK during the storms this weekend. It just didn’t seem right to blab about our fun while there are so many people hurting right now. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storms.
I’m going to take a little bit of a different stance on my trip post this time around and instead of giving you a play by play, I thought I would just list some highlights an lowlights. This makes our…14th, maybe 15th, maybe 16th….oh hell, I don’t know how many trips we’ve taken to Vegas in the past 12 years but this is how we usually celebrate our anniversary and this year was no different.
- The Mirage: Every time we pull up in that front drive, it feels like home. Walk in and you get hit with that coconut smell that we are all too familiar with. Yes, it’s changed a bit throughout the years but overall it’s still the same Mirage. We had a flawless check in. It was early and even though we really wanted a strip view, we really wanted to get to the room more so we agreed to a roof view room on the 2nd floor (even tho the agent offered a strip view if we wanted to wait until later)
- MyVegas: Playing the heck out of the MyVegas Facebook game really paid off. We got 2 free show tickets (more on that later), $50 in credit for Monte Carlo dining (more about that too), BOGO buffet at Mirage (more coming) and 2 free shark reef passes. We didn’t end up using the shark passes, as we didn’t have time to go all the way down to Mandalay Bay this trip. Wonder if I can get my points back? Overall, not a bad deal for playing a game!
- Social Rewards: Between my husband and I, we had over $100 in Total Reward credits that we used for food while we were there that I racked up on socialrewards.com. It covered some free Starbucks, a dinner and a lunch! Eating for free never gets old.
- The Food: We ate some good food this time around and only had one not-so-good meal. On arrival day we had lunch at BLT Burger, and I had a salad (I’m a vegetarian) which was yummy. My husband had a burger (go figure) and he said it was good. The prices are high but that’s what you get in Vegas. No more $3 meals on the strip anymore!
We also had a BOGO coupon for dinner at Hash House A Go-Go inside the “new” Quad. Man, you need a map or GPS to find it now that they are remodeling. It’s up on the second floor hidden out of sight. Seeing this place on Man Vs. Food and Diners Drive Ins and Dives, my husband had to see that 15″ pancake in person. I had a portobello “burger” which was just ok but the pancake was amazing. Word to the wise…don’t ask for any “special” alterations to your meal. Mine came with goat cheese and I can’t stomach goat cheese so I asked the server if they could substitute another kind of cheese. He said “We don’t do substitutes but I can tell the chef to leave the cheese off” I was like “oooookkkkkaaaaayyy….???” He looked all serious and said “Yeah, our chef is pretty strict on the way he makes things”. Whatever dude. We used Total Rewards points to pay for dinner so it was free!
Our $50 dining credit was used at Monte Carlo’s Diablos Cantina. All the times I’ve walked by this place and never knew it was actually part of the MC casino. I had a vegetarian burrito and my husband had the street tacos. It was soooo good. I couldn’t finish my burrito and I regret not eating it all! The chips and salsa are to die for as well. Credit very well used. Not really a highlight but while we were eating, but right after my husband ordered his “street tacos”, we witnessed a tourist getting a street taco of her own. This older lady tripped while crossing the street and face-planted (literally) onto the pavement. She busted her forehead open and had to be taken by ambulance to get checked out. She seemed to be ok and in good spirits but what a crappy way to spend your Vegas vacation!! Poor thing!
More of our Total Rewards points were used at Toby Keith’s inside Harrahs on the way to catch the monorail. I always like this place. Warning…all the girls wear ass-less pants. We got quite a shock as the hostess turned around to lead us to our table. My husband was like “hello!” (no, no picture here) I had another salad and my husband had another burger which looked to be so juicy it was falling apart all over the place. Another free meal.
-”Love” at the Mirage: We’ve seen this before from further back but this time thanks to MyVegas we viewed it from the 2nd row. Total value of the tickets was $340. Again, for free. It was completely different seeing it from that point of view, I noticed things I never did before and it was neat to be able to closely watch the performers expressions etc.. Overall I would say that if it is your first time seeing this show (or any Cirque show) it’s best to see it from seats that are further back. You don’t get to completely take it all in from up close since so much is always going on all around you (and above you!). I could watch the opening act every minute for the rest of my life!
-The Billboard Music Awards at MGM: Our trip dates put us there while they were having the awards. I jumped on some $75 tickets and we really enjoyed it. Friends and family say it came out like a train wreck on TV but live it was pretty awesome. There really is no other place you can ever see so many performers at one time, in one place. I am a Justin Bieber fan (I have a teen daughter) so I won’t say too much about the debacle of his Milestone award…other than I think he was totally disrespected and especially watching his facial expressions now up close on the replays — he was really shocked and confused. He reacted like any kid would and yes, he’s still a kid so I think that was completely uncalled for. I had to hold back from punching some fat ugly old man two rows down from us who was participating in the booing. I thoroughly enjoyed his performances and that kid puts on a good show.
One funny thing was that the girl sitting next to me had to have been no more than 15 years old and from Brooklyn — a fan of Nikki Manaj — who, in a heartbeat I would boo her skanky ass off stage. She’s just nasty and has no talent (nor class) whatsoever (I know, my opinion) . When she came on this girl lept up out of her seat and started gheto rapping…flapping her arms around and all screaming (in her best New York accent laden ghetto gangster voice) “Yeah! That’s how we do it!”. My husband warned me I better keep my opinions of Nikki Manaj to myself or else that girl was going to seriously kick my ass.
We arrived at the MGM at 3pm and left around 830…how they got 10k people in and out of that arena is beyond me. As we were walking through the casino about 30 minutes after the show, a tall guy was leading a smaller guy around by the back of his neck fairly quickly. He had a jacket over his head (the smaller guy). They walked right in front of us. As they kept walking a mob of people started to chase them….so we did too. They disappeared into a club. I’m pretty sure that was either Justin Bieber or Bruno Mars by his size. Of course, I had to text my daughter and tell her JB had just walked right in front of me! To which she replied in teenage text-speak “0.0″
Just for the record — Christina was not lip syncing. I watched my video and then the video of the broadcast and noticed that they edited it for TV by playing her recording over her real live voice. What a terrible thing to do. She sounded great live and it was totally unnecessary! Now, JLo, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift? Yeah I think they lip synced live too…it sounded way too perfect to be live.
Please excuse the blurry pics and video. We were in section 205…WAAAY back there but I tried to zoom in. I got tired of captioning the pics…I figure you can tell who they are..
-The weather: We had sunny skies and a cool breeze the entire trip, it was amazing.
-The drinks: I don’t know what was up this trip but we had great cocktail service. Wherever we played, a CW soon arrived and kept the drinks going. I always tip $1 a drink but in past trips, can never get service! My Mojito at the Wynn was by far one of the best ever and I enjoyed quite a few tasty black russians at the Mirage. Even my husband, who never drinks, kept throwing back Coronas and margaritas.
-Our cabbie on the ride back to the airport: We had the nicest cab driver take us back to the airport. I always fear of getting long-hauled but he assured us that wouldn’t happen and it didn’t. We were at the airport in less than 15 minutes and it cost $14. I gave him a $20.
Now for the
-The gambling: Have we ever had a winning trip? Yeah, back in 2002. Never since. My husband is a slot lover (that is S-L-O-T lover…in case you read wrong) and loves to chase those bonuses. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. After the 1st night, we were $200 into the next day’s bankroll. Lost it all that day too. He played a bit of blackjack but would eventually lose the lead and be back to square one. We attempted the Lion’s Share machine at MGM and also the Majestic Lions which paid out for us last time ($300) but no banana this time. The third and fourth days were much better….and we actually came home with 1/4 of our bankroll still in tact. I got some good bonuses on video and took a picture of the $100 my husband won on one of those big machines inside the Flamingo. Having all the free stuff this trip surely helped our bankroll last a lot longer than it would’ve.
Here’s my favorite bonus of the trip…on the Aladdin machine. Madde me $80. I also got about $90 off of “Gone with the Wind” but my camera was dead so I didn’t get the recording of it. Got a lot more small wins on my YouTube channel.
-Cravings buffet at the Mirage: Yuck, it was terrible. We had a BOGO from MyVegas and I don’t even think it was worth the $30 we paid for both. The food was cold and bland. The desserts were great tho…always love bread pudding…and yes, it was extra runny that night just like I like it! Our server was really nice so we gave her a good tip.
-The assholes that booed Justin Bieber (oh wait, did I already say that?)
So I think that is about it for this trip. Next one not until next year unless we get the itch before then but seeing as how we have Disney coming up in less than a month with the family…it’s going to take a while for me to financially recuperate!
One more pic — a mommy/daughter DON’T….witnessed as we were walking out of the award show. Great parenting example right here!